Washington, DC – Michigan’s swing district Republicans, a list that now includes Rep. Fred Upton, vote with the most extreme wing of their party on the vast majority of issues, according to “Tea Stained,” a groundbreaking new legislative scorecard compiled by Americans United for Change.
Upton voted with the Tea Party 81 percent of the time in 2013. That’s right in line with the other Republican Members of the Michigan delegation who represent competitive district. Justin Amash led the pack with a near perfect 96 percent, Kerry Bentivolio voted 88 percent, Tim Walberg 85 Percent, Mike Rogers voted 83 percent and Dave Camp and Dan Benishek voted 81 percent of the time with the Tea Party.
“Tea Stained” released earlier this year, details the voting records of Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives who are running for reelection in statistically swing districts, who are facing significant reelection challenges or are running for the U.S. Senate. Upton was added when additional information about swing districts became available.
The scorecard measures Tea Party loyalty based on 48 recorded votes. The votes scored either appear in the scorecards of Tea Party-affiliated groups Americans for Prosperity or Freedomworks or both or represent the Tea Party’s core values – obsession with the Affordable Care Act – or the Tea Party’s major accomplishment for 2013 – shutting down the government.
“Americans United undertook this project in the wake of the two-week, Tea Party orchestrated government shutdown that brought America to the brink of economic disaster,” Americans United for Change President Brad Woodhouse said. “During all these manufactured crises, many of the Republicans in less ideologically partisan districts kept silent, let the extremists run the show, and then tried to distance themselves from the fallout. We felt it was important for voters who have a choice in the upcoming election to have a tool to help understand their representatives’ roles in creating the gridlock and dysfunction in Washington. What we found is that the Republican Party to a Member participated in no small way in moving forward the Tea Party agenda. We are outlining the realities of these Members voting records, empowering Michigan voters to interpret what this Tea Party alignment means.”
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